The freezer was functioning but the upper compartment was warm (60
degrees plus). I rapped on the back grill inside the fridge and cool
air began to blow through. Is there a fan behind that grill that may be
failing? Is there something I can do myself?
We had a warm fridge and super cold freezer.....we unplugged for about 20 minutes and the fridge started to cool down again.... but only for a few days then back to warm.
We ended up unplugging and "defrosting" the whole unit for 24+ hours ....Now it works perfectly again.
I think it happens when one or both of the doors is not shut or sealed all the way and engine works too hard and "freezes" up the fans or some other part of the system.......I am just happy I did not have to buy a new fridge.
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this fan needs to run when the compressor runs,check fan blade for being jammed by ice if you have this much ice on back wall as ice will stall motor,if no fan there will be no cool air to refrige compartment also the defrost drain tray will fill with water then freeze over which in turn floods the freezer floor and refrige compartments cause it cannot drain to the pan in the bottom
There is a fan that blows the cold air down from the freezer to the fridge compartment. It is usually called a freezer fan. Most of them are behind the plastic lining in the freezer. I just noticed that your fridge is a side by side. I have never wored on a side by side but I imagine there is fan in them as well.
I have same problem, it usually happens after someone leaves door open
too long or after 4-6 months. I usually place two frozen milk jugs full
of water in the upper fridge and tape the upper fridge door closed at
night before bed so the kids don't open and let the upper food get
warm., Unplug the fridge and open the freezer and remove all drawers
(place excess frozen food in freezer in garage) , leaving the freezer
open with a towel in the bottom to catch the melting water from the
back panels inside and the next morning wipe the fridge bottom clean
and plug it back up and replace everything. I hate that I paid so much
for this fridge and have to defrost a couple times a year. However
found out too late to return back to the store. It seams like it should
have a cycle that heats the back plate every so often to warm and
evaporate the ice that collects, but I haven't heard or can't find
anything on that.
Art, I need to get a little more information from you. Does the condenser fan under the refrigerator seem to work and blowing warm air from below and or behind the refrigerator? The motor feeling warm is OK. Only when too hot to touch on top. Needs to cycle also. When you opened the freezer did you hear the fan blowing? Thanks, JT
I had the same problem; the top fridge compartment was warming up to 14C while the freezer compartment was starting to defrost (frozen stuff was starting to become soft. I took the rear wall off the freezer compartment and found it all iced up. I defrosted it with a blower heater then powered it back up. It all worked fine for a month when the same thing happened. I figured that the defrost cycle wasn't working. I located the defrost timer on the rear right-side of the fridge. I rotated it several times and found that the fridge was turning on and off. I rotated it until the fridge turned off. I waited 5 minutes then stuck my head into the freezer compartment and felt the rear wall at the bottom where he drain is; it felt warm so I guessed the defrost heater element was ok. I ordered a defrost timer and installed it. I haven't had a problem since.
sounds like the evaporator fan in the freezer is not moving the air. also there is an air damper door at the top center of the fridge that controls air flow from the freezer to the fridge. check those two components and you will find your problem.